November 9th, 2010
11:13 AM ET
JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) – President Obama is officially shortening his visit to this city because of fears that volcanic ash spewing from Mount Merapi could have grounded Air Force One, according to administration officials.
Administration officials said late Tuesday the President's already-quick visit will be shortened by two hours, forcing cancellation of a wreath-laying ceremony on Wednesday and causing other tweaks to the schedule.
Obama will also start a speech at the University of Indonesia a little earlier than expected on Wednesday in order to get to his next stop, South Korea for the G-20 Summit, sooner.
Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications, said the speech, which will hit on key themes President Obama laid out in his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo last year, remains a top priority. "We want to preserve as much of the schedule as we can," he said.
Two previous trips to Indonesia, where Obama spent four years as a boy, were cancelled because the President had to deal with health care reform in March and the Gulf oil spill in June.